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Friday, May 30, 2014

How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem--EASY tutorial {Fun Friday}

Welcome back to Fun Friday!  I've been wanting to share this tip of how to hem jeans and keep the original hem for months now.  Months!  My sewing machine had some issues and I couldn't figure out how to fix it so my good post idea sat tucked away in my brain.  Every single time I would put on a pair of jeans I would think to myself, "I need to tell my readers about this life-changing way to hem jeans!" Finally, my mom came to my house and fixed my sewing machine (she changed a bent needle...bahaha) and now I can show you this very helpful tutorial on how to hem jeans.  For someone like me who is TOTALLY inept at most things sewing (as evidenced by my "broken sewing machine") I know YOU CAN DO THIS too.  I know you can.  I've used this technique many many times.  I am 5 foot 3 1/2 inches and if there isn't a "short" option when I buy a pair of jeans I usually will need to hem them (or have them drag on the floor).  Short people unite!
How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem--EASY tutorial that only takes about 15 minutes total!
Step 1:  Figure out how much you need to hem
Try on the pair of jeans and roll the cuff up to how much you want off the bottom.  Then carefully take off the jeans--keeping the cuff.  Measure how much you cuffed.  These jeans needed 2 1/4 inches hemmed.  Pin the jeans carefully measuring at each point you pin.  (I pinned every 2 inches and measured exactly 2 1/4" at each pin).  

How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem--EASY tutorial

Important:  When you are pinning the jeans make sure to carefully line up the stitching/seams on the sides of the jeans.  You can see in the picture below that I pinned the jeans exactly lined up with the gold stitching.
How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem--EASY tutorial

Step 2:  Sew!
This is going to feel weird.  But trust me!  You will place your needle next to the original hem.  You will sew RIGHT NEXT to the original hem.  Stitch on the RIGHT side of the hem (the farthest from the bottom of the jean).  Sew all the way around the cuff.  Repeat on the other leg of the jean.  If you have trouble sewing over the seam with your machine try using a thicker needle.  I choose to use my hand and turn the wheel on the side of the machine manually when I go over the thick seams on the sides of the jeans.
How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem--EASY tutorial
Important: Make sure you do not sew through the front and back sides of the jean (not that I'm speaking from experience)!
How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem--EASY tutorial
Step 3:  Turn the legs of the jean right side out.
How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem--EASY tutorial
 You can see the arrow pointing to the 2 1/4 inches that we hemmed.

Step 4:  Press the jeans flat so they aren't bulky or if you have hemmed a ton (like 5 inches or something) you can just cut off the excess portion.  They may fray when washed if you do cut them off.  That's why I just iron them really well on the bottom.
How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem--EASY tutorial

You can see in the picture where we sewed...but just barely.  Believe me, nobody will be able to tell when you are wearing your jeans.
How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem--EASY tutorial


P.S.  Make sure to pin this tutorial on Pinterest so that you can save it for later!
How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem--EASY tutorial

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4 comments:

  1. What a great tip! I have 2 pairs of jeans I have put off hemming because I always have problems with them. You make it simple. Thanks so much!

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  2. I'm so excited to try this on several pants that are worn out and I want to turn into shorts for both me and my kids. They're wider-legged pants so I'm hoping it works.

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  3. Amazing!!! I will have to share this with my mom!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  4. My friend showed me this method and I do it a lot now. But after you measure how much you want to take off, you need to divide it in half because this method is removing two layers, so twice as much fabric.
    Also just measure from the fold to the orange stitching at bottom, because the extra half inch or so on the jean bottom will still be there.
    Love your recipes - my crockpots are working hard in my kitchen thanks to you!

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